Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Book Tour: A Passion for Pleasure by Nina Rowan; Fun Facts + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the A Passion for Pleasure  by Nina Rowan blog tour, hosted by Forever Romance. I've got fun facts about A Passion for Pleasure and about Nina Rowan!
There's also a great giveaway for 2 paperback copies of A Passion for Pleasure, don't miss it! 

A Passion for Pleasure
Author: Nina Rowan
Format: Paperback & E-Book (384 pages)
Publisher: Forever
Publish Date: 30 April 2013

Prelude to a Kiss
A brilliant pianist and notorious rake, Sebastian Hall indulges his passion for music and women with equal aplomb. But now that his elder brother has married, his father insists he pursue a more respectable path and find a suitable wife.

Music to Her Ears
As a girl, Clara Whitmore quietly loved her piano teacher from afar. Yet her youthful crush cannot compare to the powerful desire she feels when she unexpectedly meets Sebastian again. Perhaps the man who once dominated her dreams could be the husband she has hoped for—and save her from the fate she most fears.

Love Strikes a Chord
Risking scandal, ruin, and their own reputations, Sebastian and Clara enter into a marriage of convenience. But the pair soon discovers that their undeniable attraction is anything but convenient. Swept up in a crescendo of desire, Sebastian and Clara take each other to new heights of ecstasy—until secrets from the past threaten to doom the duet forever. Now Sebastian will have to change his tune—and prove his love is true.

5 Fun Facts about A Passion for Pleasure

1. One of the automata that Clara tells Sebastian about is based on a real automaton called the Draughtsman-Writer built by the Swiss inventor Maillardet in 1800. The automaton can create four drawings and three poems, one in English and two in French.

2. The cipher machine is also based on a real invention by Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), which he called the Playfair cipher after his friend Lord Playfair. In 1854, Playfair first suggested to the British Home Office and Prince Albert that they use it as a field system during the Crimean War.

3. Sebastian's intention to create piano compositions for the left hand only is based on Maurice Ravel's "Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major," which Ravel composed for the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I.

4. Franz Liszt really was "Kapellmeister Extraordinaire" at Weimar in Germany when
Sebastian would have been there in 1854.

5. Clara pays a visit to Mudie's Library, a successful lending and subscription library that
had moved to New Oxford Street close to the British Museum in 1852.

5 Fun Facts about Nina Rowan

1. I used to be in the film department at UCLA and harbored dreams of becoming a screenwriter and director.

2. I’ve met an interesting array of celebrities, including Jodie Foster, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Anthony Hopkins, Gregory Peck, Geena Davis, Billy Joel, Sinead O’Conner, and Julia Roberts.

3. I once held a letter that the artist Monet had actually written.

4. I’ve eaten ice cream in front of the Pantheon in Rome, the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta, India; the Louvre in Paris, and London’s Buckingham Palace. And many, many times at the Chocolate Shoppe in Madison, WI.

5. I can tell you exactly where to find the best chocolate religieuse in Paris and the best gelato in Rome. (are you sensing a theme here? :) )

6. My name is carved in the cement of the house my parents built together and where I grew up.

7. I know more about ninja than I ever thought I would.

About the Author

Originally from California, Nina Rowan holds a PhD in Art History from McGill University, Montreal, with a specialization in 19th century French and Russian art. She began writing when she was an undergraduate at UCLA and lived a dual life as a student and a pseudonymous erotica author. She has studied Indian and Southeast Asian art and film, worked as a curatorial assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and traveled in India and Europe.
A librarian-at-heart, she also holds an MA in Library and Information Sciences, a course of study that renewed a deep-seated interest in folklore and fairy tales. In addition to being an eternal student, or likely because of it, Nina possesses an abiding love for research that involves dusty, old books. She also thinks popcorn should be one of the four food groups. She lives in Wisconsin with her atmospheric scientist husband and two children.

Author Links: Website |Twitter |Facebook


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  1. I love watching asian movies. They are so interesting to watch. They have more feeling to them then our American movies.

    1. I've never really watched many Asian movies, I might have to check some out :)

  2. I can cut down a thirty foot pine tree with a hand saw and nothing else in under half an hour.

    1. Wow! That's pretty impressive, I reckon if I had a few days I might be able to do it lol

  3. Some people do crossword puzzles, I enjoy pulling up algebra tests on the internet and taking them.

    1. Fair enough! Keeps the brain young lol

  4. This sounds like a fun read...putting it on my wishlist.

    1. I love the sound of it, I have it so now I just need to find time to read it!

  5. I only like to watch tv shows in marathons. I hate waiting week to week!!

    1. I do that all the time lol. I hate it when an episode leaves you hanging and you have to wait a week :)


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